Sjaan and Scott Bowie led the charge in showing our children what it means to be kaitiaki. Our local stream once had great significance to local iwi and was the waterway where Maori floated rafts loaded with kai down stream to gathering places. This stream was once rich with kai moana and the banks f the watrways had lush plantings.
Sjaan's job is to investigate the quality of the waterways in Canterbury. Over that week Sjaan and a team of volunteers collected over 20 tonnes of garbage from the Wai Mokihi and other local water ways leading to the Opawaho. Shame on us that we are losing what was once taken for granted.
Thank you for the commitment of locals, our children and parents, especially Shaan and Scott and community groups who made a commitment to restore and regenrate a valuable resource.
Some children had never seen or touched an eel before. There are short and long finned eel in our stream and they are on the endangered list.
Great job everyone Tino pai.